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Popular Trans Twitch Streamer Keffals Arrested After ‘Traumatizing’ Swatting Incident

Clara “Keffals” Sorrenti, a trans streamer and political commentator, was arrested by Canadian police last week after a swatting incident. Keffals was left rattled, saying in a YouTube video recounting the event that the police terrorized her and locked her out of her accounts because she’s “still a suspect in an investigation” of a crime she didn’t commit.

Keffals’ Twitch streams and YouTube videos on politics and LGBTQ+ issues specifically have garnered her a hefty following. She’s weighed in on transphobic comments by journalist Helen Joyce and ratioed the hell outta noted TERF J.K. Rowling. Keffals has also used her platform for activism, such as calling awareness to a California bill that would protect trans youth fleeing to the state. If there is news relating to queerness, chances are Keffals has said something about it. And being as outspoken as she is, Keffals is no stranger to courting controversy. For example, she was temporarily banned from Twitch for “openly talking” about the abuse she gets earlier this year and regularly targets right-wing commentators for their bad takes, like Tim Pool.

That’s all to say that Keffals probably expects harassment in some form, but nothing could’ve prepared her for the morning of Friday, August 5. As she told it in a YouTube video uploaded days later, Keffals was “woken up by London Police Services pointing an assault rifle in [her] face in [her] home.” Apparently, someone impersonating her emailed every city counselor in London, Ontario, stating she killed her mom, was in possession of an illegal firearm, and planned to “go to city hall and shoot every cisgender person” there. There were just two glaring problems: The email was riddled with grammatical errors and had Keffals’ deadname. You’d think Keffals wouldn’t deadname herself, but that didn’t matter to the cops. So, when Keffals was arrested by Ontario police, they booked her in the station under her deadname, which was legally changed more than a decade ago. The cops even misgendered Keffals when talking to her mom, referring to her as Ms. Sorrenti’s “son,” despite Keffals running for political office twice in Canada under her real, legal name: Clara Sorrenti.

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